Hi! I'm Chris Thorndike-Kent. I LOVE houses and am passionate about helping people realize their real estate goals and dreams. We are also successful at what we do, and have worked with both hundreds of sellers and buyers since 1999. When representing buyers I am an aggressive buyer advocate and expert negotiator, helping my buyers not only win in multiple offer situations but guiding them through inspections and all of the potential hurdles to a successful and less stressful closing. I also personally know houses from the inside out, having remodeled/restored/built more than 15 character homes in Bellingham's historic neighborhoods and 6 Bellingham-area condos.
I strive to make my clients feel confident and comfortable in the buying and selling process. Recognizing that real estate is perhaps one of the most significant of investments people can make, I listen closely to my clients, match them to the most appropriate properties, and guide them through the emotional and logistical process of buying and/or selling a house. My goal is the creation of lifelong relationships with my clients through the highest level of personal service and professional standards. My diverse professional background and communications expertise has helped make me a trail blazer in the Bellingham real estate community. I take pride in being good listener and negotiator, and am a hard worker with an eye for detail.
TECHNOLOGY: Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, I use technology to your advantage, but it's no substitute for my more than 20 years of professional real estate experience. Buying? I check the MLS system personally, so I know as soon a home that meets your criteria is listed -- so you’ll know about it ASAP. I offer my clients personalized full-color buyer’s tours reports of homes via email. Selling? Using photos of your home and property taken with a high-quality digital camera, I quickly produce flyers and other promotional materials and print them to a high-production color printer. An extensive “photo gallery” of your property will also appear on a variety of websites.
Ready to Sell Your Home? If you’re considering selling your home, I welcome the opportunity to help. Finding the right agent is often the most important decision you can make when selling your home. To get top dollar in your desired timeframe with as few difficulties as possible, you need a hard-working agent with a comprehensive, proactive marketing strategy, expert negotiation skills and the follow-through to track the sale from start to finish. As a potential homebuyer, your first step is to interview and hire a “Buyer’s Agent.” The individual that you choose to represent you in buying a home will either make you or cost you thousands of dollars in the transaction. It is important to hold your choice of agent to a high standard, to ask for and check on a resume and references. Whatever your particular real estate needs, I can help you find the perfect home and neighborhood for your lifestyle, or effectively market your home to potential buyers. I'm a skilled negotiator and marketer who will represent and protect my client's interests. As your listing agent, I will provide you with advice on maximizing your home's current value and will provide you with a complete marketing program - proven to get your home sold for the highest price, with the fewest issues, in the least amount of time. Email or call today, and put me to work for you!
I have lived in Western Washington for nearly my entire life and Whatcom County for the past 22 years. I can help you find a home in the neighborhood that best suits you, and give you ideas for fun things to do and see in Bellingham and Whatcom County. I graduated from Bainbridge Island High School on Bainbridge Island, Wash. in 1988 and the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in business administration. I worked in technology-related marketing and public relations in the Seattle area and Bellingham for more than six years before joining Windermere as a sales consultant in 1999. I hold the following designations: Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Internet Marketing Specialist (IMS) Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) and a Green Home Advisor designation.
I battled cancer from 2016-2019 and am on the road to recovery. My passion for real-estate helped keep me motivated throughout my treatments and procedures!